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Welcome to Zeus

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Welcome to Zeus class! Our names are Mrs Renshaw and Ms Pallett and we teach the Year 6 class at Hall Meadow.  We are also lucky enough to have a sports coach, Mr Palmer that will join Ms Pallett on a Friday afternoon for PE.

In Zeus we aim to create an atmosphere of independence and encourage the children to take increased responsibility both for their learning, in preparation for secondary school, and by being excellent role models to the rest of the school, demonstrating this in their prefect roles.

This term’s learning

Our theme this half term is “Mountains”.  We will be finding out about how mountains are formed, about mountain ranges and about the mountain environment. 

In English, we will be focussing on persuasive writing.  We will be developing our use of persuasive techniques in order to persuade the reader.  Our class text will be ‘Pig Heart Boy’ by Malorie Blackman. 

You're thirteen. All you want is a normal life. But most normal kids don't need heart transplants.
So there's this doctor. He says there's a chance for you. But he also says it's experimental, controversial and risky. And it's never been done before.

In maths, we will focusing on decimals and percentages.  We will look at the converting of decimals and the use of the four operations with decimals.  We will also begin to look at algebra.   

Our science topics are: Food chains; Adaptation; Plants; Life Cycles; Habitats and Micro-organisms.  Our RE topic is Hinduism.

Throughout all of our work we will make links to Life in Modern Britain and continue to further our Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural understanding through reflections and activities such as P4C.


Our Learning Updates

 

Reading 

This week in reading we started our new book called Wonder by R.J. Palacio. It is about a boy called August and he has a facial disfigurement.  Others make him seem different because of his disfigurements. 

“It is really gripping.”    

“I enjoyed the class discussion about the front cover of the book.”                       

Maths

We have been adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers this week in maths. Some of us have been doing this in word problems too. At the start of the week some of us didn’t know how to do it but now we can all do it confidently and will be moving on to multiplying and dividing fractions.

“I enjoyed adding and subtracting fractions.”

“I enjoyed adding really hard fractions”

Art 

We have been doing some really creative things in art and we are all proud of our lino printing designs and patterns.

We have also painted some amazing and creative poppies to decorate our windows. They are all very nice and ready for the 11th November.

“I enjoyed the lino printing”

By Mia and Emily 

In English this week, we have written a letter about our trip to the Lighthouse Theatre which was a press launch of the pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This will be used as a ‘cold write’ which means that it will be used to see what areas of letter writing we need to work on. Later on in the half term our ‘hot’ write will be writing a letter as Jim Jarvis, Street Child, to his sisters Emily and Lizzie telling them about his life in the workhouse. Milan said that thought that he was already improving his letter writing skills.

In Maths this week, we were adding and subtracting decimals. We have also started to learn long multiplication. On Friday we were applying our multiplication skills to word problems; some were very tricky!

Our history this week, was to find out about Queen Victoria. To present our information we created fact files about the monarch. Some of the facts we have learnt are:

• Queen Victoria was born on the 24th of May 1819 in Kensington Palace in London
• She was just 18 when she became Queen in June 1837
• She married Prince Albert in February 1840
• She had 9 children
• Queen Victoria died in January 1901, aged 81. She had reigned for over 60 years

Written by Limmany and Niamh

 

How you can help!

Home Learning

Year 6 are given weekly homework that is set on a Friday and handed back in for marking on a Thursday. This consists of an English activity and a Maths activity. The children are also given weekly spellings to learn which are tested on a Friday. Homework is an important part of a child’s transition to secondary school, as when they are there they will be expected to balance and meet deadlines, so please encourage your child to complete their homework on time. Your child may also want to complete extra revision of topics they have struggled with at school.

About Us

At Hall Meadow we promote achievement in all areas and from all members of our community. We respect and value each person as unique. We work together to create an active, caring and high quality environment that encourages self-sustaining lifelong learning.

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Teaching & Learning

We are a fully inclusive school, children are always at the centre of everything we do. The curriculum is innovative and provides maximum opportunities for intellectual, social and emotional development. The children study the National Curriculum through themes such as 'Keen to be Green'.

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Hall Meadow Primary School

Packer Road
Lake Avenue
Kettering
Northamptonshire
NN15 7RP
Phone : 01536 417627

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